Across the Nation, during the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders at State and local levels have been mostly left alone to fend for themselves in dealing with this health and humanitarian crisis. While some State governors where prompt to react, others didn’t take it seriously enough and people are now suffering the consequences of early inactions. LULAC Ohio stands with our National President Domingo Garcias’ recent Call to Action for the Texas and Florida governors, local, State and National legislators to Act NOW to save lives.
LULAC has launched a public campaigned called #LaQuieroViva in support of missing Latino soldier Vanesa Guillén and her family. Vanessa Guillen, a 20-year-old soldier, was last seen on April 22 in a parking lot on the Fort Hood Army Base in central Texas and her family is demanding answers about her disappearance.
The Supreme Court of the United States declared that the Trump’s administration attempt to eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, was arbitrary and capricious, and therefore, invalid. The court’s decision protects from deportation hundreds of thousands of young immigrants known as DREAMERS.
On Monday, June 15 the LGBTQ community took a step forward in the protection of their civil rights. The Supreme Court ruled that the federal Civil Rights ACT from the 1960s protects gay and transgender workers against discrimination. As the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization LULAC celebrates this amazing victory, with the additional joy that it takes place during the commemoration of PRIDE month.
As the oldest and largest national Latino civil rights organization, LULAC is deeply outraged by the long and troubling history of police brutality in the United States and which recent cases have once again awakened our social consciousness. LULAC stands united in action with Black Lives Matter. The pain and sheer injustice that Black communities experience day in and day out cannot be ignored any longer. It must stop now!
LULAC Ohio echoes the sentiments and voices of our national leaders and membership and stands together in solidarity with our Black brothers and sisters in these times of grief and mourning. Our Black community is hurting. Our Black brothers, sisters and siblings have been living a reality that we cannot claim to understand. Our goal is not to replace their voices, but rather to uplift them. We acknowledge their pain and must act in solidarity.
LULAC Ohio continues voicing its concern for the health and safety of residents and staff at the Morrow County Jail and other correctional facilities in Ohio. With a jail population of 79 inmates, the Morrow County Jail has reported more than 50 cases of COVID-19 and its unclear how well prepared the jail system is to handle this outbreak and deal with preventable deaths.
The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National President Domingo Garcia and LULAC National CEO Sindy Benavides reacted to new data from a Washington Post poll that found Hispanic Americans are nearly twice as likely to have lost their jobs amid coronavirus shutdowns. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Latino unemployment rate spiked to nearly 19% meaning more than 4 million Latinos are unemployed – nearly one in every five.
LULAC and the National Education Association (NEA) hosted a timely Town Hall on Education Justice with the National Immigration Law Center and the Hope Center for Wellness. This comprehensive discussion on COVID-19 and its impact on Latino students and families was moderated by María Peña, a journalist and digital reporter at Telemundo News.
La Comisión de Asuntos Latinos de Ohio (OCHLA por sus siglas en inglés) tiene un número significativo de recursos bilingües…